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Susan Koch

Funeral service for Susan Elizabeth Koch of Altenburg, was held Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 10 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells. The Rev. Virgil Kelm officiated. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Arrangements were handled by McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

Susan, 72, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. She was born Nov. 7, 1948, in Desloge, daughter of Francis and Mildred Wagoner Dunlap. She and William “Bill” Koch were married Sept. 16, 1972, in Desloge. He survives.

Susan was a graduate of Desloge High School Class of 1966. She attended Southeast Missouri State University earning a master’s degree in teaching. Susan taught grades K-6 at Meramec Valley R-3 School District in Pacific, for 27 years retiring in 1999. In 2005, she and William moved back to the family farm in Altenburg to enjoy their retirement together. Susan was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells. She enjoyed playing the piano; she was an instrumentalist for church; and especially enjoyed accompanying family and friends when they performed at church. Susan felt honored to be in the Southeast Missouri Golden Eagles Band and had fond memories of performing with the band when they traveled to Florida to play for the Super Bowl. While her health still allowed her, she enjoyed getting out on the “greens” to play a round or two of golf.

Loving survivors include her husband of 48 years, two sons, William (Heather) Koch Jr. of Union and Daniel (Shelby) Koch of Egypt Mills, two brothers, James (Nancye) Dunlap of Fenton, and Joseph (Jeanice) Dunlap of Rolla, and three grandchildren, Lillian, Clara and Silas. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Lutheran Women’s Missionary League of Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells or to Immanuel Luther-an Church Cemetery in New Wells.

To send an online condolence, visit; then click on the tribute wall tab of Susan’s personal obituary.

Contributions may be sent to the family at McCombs Funeral Home, Inc., c/o Susan Koch, 640 West Independence Street, Jackson, MO 63755.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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